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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:36:42 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 461 - Reigns: Game of Thrones, F1 Mobile Racing <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oksx/pg-podcast-thumbnail-ep1-j-r-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 461 - Reigns: Game of Thrones, F1 Mobile Racing" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Winter has finally come to the Pocket Gamer Podcast this week, as James and Ric both compete for the iron throne in Reigns: Game of Thrones.<br><br>Speaking of epic battles, Huawei has decided to take a pop at the Nintendo Switch, revealing its new Mate 20 X smartphone and showing how it trumps the Switch specs in every category. <br><br>James isn't so sure that's a fight you should be picking, and Ric doesn't want a phone with one wonky bolted-on controller on the side. They agree to agree.<br><br>There's also chat about new Clash Royale-inspired racer F1 Mobile Racing, platformer port Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood, Dark Souls on the Switch, and more.<br><br><strong>Download episode 461:</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep461.mp3" class="noborder"></a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=79071'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=79071 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:27:32 GMT Review: Luigi's Mansion 3DS review - "It needed to be on Switch" <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gufgu/luigis-mansion-3ds-review-screenshot-a-ghost-sneaks-up-on-luigi.jpg" width="200" alt="Luigi's Mansion 3DS review - "It needed to be on Switch"" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Luigi's Mansion is a stone-cold classic. Launching alongside the GameCube way back in 2001, it kicked off an era of experimentation for Nintendo that, frankly, the developer has yet to reach the heights of again.<br><br>But 17 years have passed since, and there are millions of people alive now who weren't when the game first launched. So, it only makes sense to rerelease the magnificent game on a newer console - which is exactly what Nintendo has done.<br><br>Except it's chosen the wrong console. Luigi's Mansion on 3DS suffers thanks to a mixture of inaccurate motion controls and an ever-present map screen that makes things far too easy. It makes you wonder why the game didn't just come to Switch instead.<br><br><h3>Suck up</h3><br><br>Let's backtrack. Luigi's Mansion is the other Mario brother's first eponymous adventure, and it's all about clearing a mansion of ghosts using a vacuum cleaner designed by mad scientist Professor E. Gadd. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Luigi%27s+Mansion+3DS/review.asp?c=79061'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Luigi%27s+Mansion+3DS/review.asp?c=79061 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:44:07 GMT Black Friday 2018 mobile deals - Best smartphone and Switch sales <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tsawr_steam-link-bath_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Black Friday 2018 mobile deals - Best smartphone and Switch sales" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Black Friday is nearly upon us, and if you want to do some research into the best sales before you go out and get trampled in a midnight opening, then you've come to the right place.<br><br>We'll be updating this article during the build-up and on the day, showing you the best mobile hardware and game deals out there, along with any Switch and 3DS deals we happen across as well.<br><br>And if you spot something we haven't, be sure to share the word with everyone in the comments!<br><br>Hit the link below to see more of where to find the best deals, and happy hunting! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/feature.asp?c=78997'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/feature.asp?c=78997 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:38:40 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 460 - Badland Brawl, Candy Crush Friends Saga <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lxpvv/pg-podcast-thumbnail-ep0-j-e-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 460 - Badland Brawl, Candy Crush Friends Saga" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week, Em discovers she's going to play through Stardew Valley a third time because it's coming to iOS and it would be rude not to.<br><br>Meanwhile, James finds out that Assassin's Creed Rebellion is finally emerging from soft launch, and talks to the creators of Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner.<br><br>They then dive into the overflowing trough of new releases to chat about Badland Brawl, Candy Crush Friends Saga, ELOH, Grimvalor, Dizzy Knight, and more.<br><br><strong>Download episode 460:</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep460.mp3" class="noborder"></a><br><br><p>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568" class="noborder"></a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78992'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78992 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:13:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 459 - New Nintendo Switch, Civilization 6 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-imhmvy/pg-podcast-thumbnail-ep9-j-e-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 459 - New Nintendo Switch, Civilization 6" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week, Em and James investigate the rumoured update to the Nintendo Switch hardware, and explore the changes they'd like to see in a new model.<br><br>There's also chat about Dragalia Lost's first weekend performance, and the latest Asphalt 9 update.<br><br>Meanwhile, Civilization 6 has appeared on iPhone, prompting the question "Just how small can you make drop-down menu while still being able to read it?" There's also coverage of Super Mario Party on Switch, plus Super Cat Tales 2 and Piffle on mobile.<br><br><strong>Download episode 459:</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep459.mp3" class="noborder"></a><br><br><p>(right click to save-as, left click to play) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78927'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78927 Fri, 5 Oct 2018 18:11:00 GMT [Updated] Pocket Gamer speaks: Are mobile games too expensive? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tsdhhwp/unnamed.jpg" width="200" alt="[Updated] Pocket Gamer speaks: Are mobile games too expensive?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated on October 4th at 10:50: </strong>You've probably heard by now <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Sid+Meier%27s+Civilization+VI/news.asp?c=78906">that Civilization VI for the iPhone is going to set you back a whole £60 once its launch sale finishes</a>. We decided to have a sit down and a think about what that mean for mobile gaming, and we've added those new thoughts to this feature.<br><br><hr /><br><br>There's a very good chance you read our piece <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78813">about Monster Hunter Stories being too expensive on the App Store</a>. If you didn't, you can click here and get it read right now. Once you've had a rant in the comments, come back here. We'll wait. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78889'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78889 Thu, 4 Oct 2018 10:59:44 GMT Fear not - More SteamWorld games are coming in the future <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-sipzc_3396572_larger_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Fear not - More SteamWorld games are coming in the future " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;">  Image & Form Games took to Twitter today to assure fans that there will be more <em>SteamWorld</em> goodness in our futures.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">| ??????????? |<br><br>| THERE'LL BE MORE |<br><br>| STEAMWORLD |<br><br>| THX 4 UR PATIENCE |<br><br>| ______________ |<br><br>____ ||<br><br>_|_______|_ ||<br><br>[ ??? ] ||<br><br>|???|–-C</p><br><br>— Image & Form Games (@ImageForm) <a href="https://twitter.com/ImageForm/status/1046741085853290496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br><br>The news re-affirms an Engine Room video from this spring in which the team discussed the future of the series. In the video below, Image & Form discuss fan-submitted ideas for future <em>SteamWorld </em>games and have a fun little chat about what <em>SteamWorld </em>could grow into. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/SteamWorld+Dig/news.asp?c=78882'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/SteamWorld+Dig/news.asp?c=78882 Mon, 1 Oct 2018 22:38:38 GMT Monster Hunter Stories cheats and tips - Everything you need to know about battles <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-njfg/monster_hunter_stories_android_ios_switch_003.jpg" width="200" alt="Monster Hunter Stories cheats and tips - Everything you need to know about battles" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Even if you're a Monster Hunter veteran, you won't expect what's in store for you in Monster Hunter Stories. A more laid-back game with a different approach to combat and monsters.<br><br>You'll be able to capture monsters to fight alongside you, in addition to smashing through enemies in a turn-based combat system, all with a beautiful cel-shaded art style.<br><br>It's a unique take on the series and one well worth enjoying, and you'll be smashing through battles with the following tips…<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78833'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78833 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:29:08 GMT Monster Hunter Stories cheats and tips - Exploring and getting new monsters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xnsns/monster_hunter_stories_android_ios_switch_050.jpg" width="200" alt="Monster Hunter Stories cheats and tips - Exploring and getting new monsters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In Monster Hunter Stories, monsters are your friends. Well, the ones you raise are anyway, you still hunt the rest.<br><br>In this cel-shaded reimagining of Monster Hunter, you approach things very differently, with turn based battles and more relaxed approach to everything.<br><br>If you're new to the game then these essential tips will help you speed through the early sections, and will still be valuable at the end of the game.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78832'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78832 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:41:22 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 458 - Monster Hunter Stories, Dragalia Lost <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zluzgyr/pg-podcast-thumbnail-ep8-j-r-e-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 458 - Monster Hunter Stories, Dragalia Lost" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week, Nintendo and pals unleashed the kraken of content upon the shores of the iOS and Android gaming continent.<br><br>Within 24 hours we witnessed the app store birth of Monster Hunter Stories, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and Harvest Moon: Light of Hope.<br><br>In addition to touchscreen ports of these 3DS games, we were also given a historical first with Dragalia Lost, an original Nintendo IP created exclusively for mobile.<br><br><strong>Download episode 458:</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep458.mp3" class="noborder"></a><br><br><p>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568" class="noborder"></a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78819'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78819 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 12:33:00 GMT Yo-Kai Watch 3 is headed to the wild west <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ywkg_yokai-watch-3-3ds-promo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Yo-Kai Watch 3 is headed to the wild west " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Yo-Kai Watch 3</em>, which debuted in Japan three years ago, is finally headed to Europe and North America this winter. The third game the wildly popular franchise is finally launching in the land that inspired this quirky entry in the series.<br><br>Moving away from its roots in Japanese folklore, <em>Yo-Kai Watch 3</em> is set in the United States, and even features some American Yo-Kai. Players will explore new areas, meet new characters, and the game’s getting a revamped battle system to boot. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Get ready, Yo-kai fans! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YOKAIWATCH?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YOKAIWATCH</a> 3, a new mainline game in the series, launches exclusively for Nintendo <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/3DS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#3DS</a> family systems this winter, featuring lots of new locales, characters and an all-new battle system! <a href="https://t.co/YYI3YQLwqX">pic.twitter.com/YYI3YQLwqX</a></p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Yo%2DKai+Watch+3/news.asp?c=78824'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Yo%2DKai+Watch+3/news.asp?c=78824 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:17:00 GMT Monster Hunter Stories is too expensive, and we're not afraid to say it <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tsdhhwp/unnamed.jpg" width="200" alt="Monster Hunter Stories is too expensive, and we're not afraid to say it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I'm going to throw this out there from the get-go - £20 is too much money for a mobile game. Now don't get me wrong, I think there's a space for premium games on the App Store, in fact I think it's incredibly important that that space exists, and whenever something new, and paid-for, makes its way onto the App Store, I'm always willing to give it a chance.<br><br>But there has to be a limit, there has to be a point where you look at your bank account and think, y'know what, that's a bit too rich for my blood. And I think that Monster Hunter Stories definitely fits into that bracket.<br><br>Yes, it's a game that's only a year or so old, and it's brilliant that it's come to mobile at all, since it shows that big developers are starting to make mobile more seriously. But for £20? You can pick up the 3DS version for a similar price second hand, <a href="/r/iPad/Monster+Hunter+Stories/review.asp?c=78794">and to be honest, it's better</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78813'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/feature.asp?c=78813 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:59:15 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-edyvzz/pg-podcast-thumbnail-ep7-j-r-e-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The thing with being the Pocket Gamer Podcast is anything that plays games and fits in your pocket falls within our remit.<br><br>Ipso facto: James, Em, and Ric find themselves debating the merits of the newly announced PlayStation Classic.<br><br>They also cover new releases like Life is Strange: Before the Storm on iOS, light-based puzzler Where Shadows Slumber, and more.<br><br>Plus James talks to the devs behind Oceanhorn 2 live from the Pocket Gamer Connects: Helsinki floor.<br><br><strong>Download episode 457:</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep457.mp3" class="noborder"></a><br><br><p>(right click to save-as, left click to play) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:36:00 GMT Check out Persona Q2's gorgeous animated opening <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fvgklywew/persona-q2-3ds-screenshot-walking-through-tunnel.jpg" width="200" alt="Check out Persona Q2's gorgeous animated opening " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, Persona developer Atlus released a handful of exciting new videos for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.<br><br>As first reported by <a href="https://nintendoeverything.com/persona-q2-opening-animation-new-character-trailers/">Nintendo Everything</a>, not only did we get our first look at the animated intro – a popular staple of the Persona series – but we were also gifted some brand new screenshots and extended character trailers for returning series favourites.<br><br>For those not in the know, Persona Q2 is a mash-up of the last three Persona games in a strange chibi art style, and plays more like a traditional Shin Megami Tensei entry than the actual Persona games. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Persona+Q2%3A+New+Cinema+Labyrinth/news.asp?c=78746'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Persona+Q2%3A+New+Cinema+Labyrinth/news.asp?c=78746 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:14:36 GMT Finish your Pokedex with Zeraora, coming soon to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-evw_zeraora_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Finish your Pokedex with Zeraora, coming soon to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> At long last, the final Pokemon in the series to date, Zeraora, is headed westward. Folks who own a copy of <em>Pokemon Ultra Sun</em> or <em>Ultra Moon</em> will be able to catch the rare Pokemon via Mystery Gift next month.<br><br>Zeraora codes will be available from October 1 through November 15 from select retailers, although we’re not sure which shops will be participating just yet. GAME stores in the UK have regularly played host to these limited-run events, so they could be a likely candidate.<br><br>Should you manage to get your hands on a code, you’ll receive a level 50 Zeraora that knows Plasma Fists, Thunder Punch, Thunder, and Close Combat. The Pokemon also comes holding an Air Balloon which renders it immune to Ground-based attacks, and Zeraora’s inherent ability is Volt Absorb. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Ultra+Sun%2FPokemon+Ultra+Moon/news.asp?c=78741'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Ultra+Sun%2FPokemon+Ultra+Moon/news.asp?c=78741 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:03:00 GMT